Division of Rheumatology

Richard Meehan, MD, Division Head

Richard Meehan, MD
Division Chief

Why National Jewish Health? Our specialists are on the cutting edge for new treatment. And through clinical research we are helping discover which medications might be best for patients with many diseases. We are also investigating new therapies which may be released in the future.

Our strength as a division is directly linked to the strengths of NJH, specifically with rheumatologic (also called autoimmune) lung disease. The Rheumatology Division works collaboratively with the Interstitial Lung Disease Program and the Pulmonary programs in general to provide an unparalleled resource for patients in the assessment and management of autoimmune lung disease. In essence, this is the backbone of the Autoimmune Lung Center.

What do we do? Our division is split into two specialty areas:

  1. Rheumatology: We provide comprehensive diagnostic and therapeutic services to patients with a broad range of musculoskeletal problems, including scleroderma, systemic lupus erythematosus, rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory myopathies and systemic vasculitis.
  2. Endocrinology: We treat gland and hormone disorders, such as cystic fibrosis related diabetes.

Conditions We Treat

Programs & Services


Through clinical research we are investigating new therapies and helping discover which medications might be best for patients with many diseases. Learn about our rheumatology research.

Faculty & Staff


Rheumatology Fellows, who are part of the University of Colorado Rheumatology Fellowship, regularly visit, and all members of our division are involved in teaching these fellows. We are also involved in teaching medical students from the University of Colorado Denver, particularly in physical diagnosis. Learn more about the
Rheumatology Fellowship.

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